This has reportedly resulted in some stores being unable to get certain brands of soda in stock. Apparently, the novel coronavirus pandemic has caused a dip in demand for ethanol. As beer and soda consumption shifts sharply to the home during the COVID-19 pandemic, drinkmakers experience a shortage of aluminum cans. "Aluminum cans are in very tight supply with so many people buying more multi-pack products to consume at home," Coca-Cola spokesperson Ann Moore said Wednesday in an email. HOUSTON - With summer weather heating up, consumers may find it difficult to find a cold, canned beverage to quench their thirst. Beer, spiked seltzer and other alcoholic drinks all require CO2. Soda flavors disappear from store shelves due to aluminum can shortage: report Americans stocked up on canned beverages during the lockdown, straining manufacturers. So Coke joins the list of other shortages wrought by the pandemic that have included toilet paper, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and meat. “There is a shortage of aluminum cans, because a lot of the beer is coming out of stock. You might have trouble finding Coca-Cola in a can, or other soft drinks for that matter, because of a shortage of aluminum and high demand brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. They are currently only producing the most popular flavors. “It was solved about two weeks later. Lander says this has resulted in a subsequent decrease in aluminum all over the country, and not just for small businesses like the one he works for. George’s Liquor owner Jay Patel tells of his experience. Legal Statement. “It was the confluence of a concentrated industry, a sudden spike … Both Coca Cola and Pepsi have reportedly been forced to focus on their most popular flavors in order to keep them in stock, making the less popular flavors harder to find for the time being. AFP via Getty Images. Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Market data provided by Factset. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Aluminum can shortage affects some soda, beer brands By Denise Allabaugh Staff Writer. The coronavirus crisis is causing an aluminum can shortage as lockdowns accelerate demand for … Shutterstock. National aluminum can shortage. It is my understanding that it isn't an aluminum shortage, more a can making capacity shortage. 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While having the option to buy these beverages in packs at the grocery store satisfies that craving, it's causing a bigger problem: The industry is on the verge of a can shortage. In the case of the world’s most famous soft drink, perhaps it’s time to switch to plastic or glass bottles. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Spot shortages of some canned beer brands and the near-disappearance of less popular sodas, caffeine-free Diet Coke, are fueled in part by changes in peoples’ behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic. Can makers have seen a significant increase in demand over the past several months and are struggling to keep up, KHOU 11 reports. Later, she figured out the issue was actually a shortage of aluminum cans that caused Coca-Cola to limit the amount of flavors produced. At first, it was toilet paper, then coins– but now, there’s a shortage of aluminum cans. Companies are facing an aluminum can shortage, KHOU 11 reports. Over the past several months, as consumers stocked up on various supplies, temporary shortages have plagued the market. Caffeine Free Coca-Cola is still being produced, but in limited quantities based on location. The company rep stocking the shelves told me it was due to an aluminum shortage. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. Video Spotlight: Low Coca-Cola supply blamed on aluminum can shortage (July 23, 2020, 11Alive) This post is based on the Syracuse article, The national beer and soda can shortage: How is it affecting supplies in Central New York? You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! A buyer for the Pennsylvania-based Gerrity's Supermarket chain told the Citizens' Voice that Coca-Cola had temporarily stopped ... be temporarily unavailable due to the aluminum can shortage. When the lockdown orders were first implemented and these businesses shut down, Americans began stocking up on their favorite drinks at grocery stores. This has reportedly caused shortages of popular soda brands in some areas. According to The Brevard Times, the majority of bottled drinks are served at restaurants and other events. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. I noticed that my favorite soda was no longer available. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Fun stories about food, relationships, the great outdoors and more. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Not in aluminum cans, and there were less flavors on the shelves. Companies say the can makers are doing everything they can to increase production to keep up with the demand. Denise Allabaugh. WBRC reports that Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham, Ala. has seen a huge increase in to-go sales due to "a lack of draft," according to Taylor Lander, marketing manager for the brewery. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. Aluminum cans running low. In February, CNN reported there was also a shortage on artificial sweeteners, which is why many diet drinks were the first to be affected. The demand for canned beverages remains high throughout the pandemic as people miss ordering a tall, fizzy glass of Coke or ice-cold beer on tap at restaurants and bars. We spoke to a store manager who says they were out of some products for a while as well. Coca-cola and Dr. Pepper vendors said that there is currently an aluminum shortage. These are among some of the products you may have had trouble locating on store shelves in recent weeks. With the resulting shortage of aluminum cans, factories like Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Spokane Valley have had to prioritize. HOUSTON — Coke Life, Mello Yellow, Sprite Zero, Fresca and more. Legal Statement. 570-821-2115. KHOU-Channel 11 in Houston reported that other beverage makers, including Pepsi, have been affected as well. From the Doesn't That Stink file, the bigger threat to Coke products is the worsening aluminum can shortage. Now, the lockdown has claimed its latest victim: aluminum cans. We are working closely with our customers and our suppliers to mitigate the challenge during this unprecedented time,” Coke responded. Coca-Cola released a statement saying that they are seeing a higher demand for products consumed at home. An unexpected consequence of the pandemic is a shortage of aluminum cans. The surprising reasons behind the shortages of aluminum cans and batteries. The real reason there might be a beer and soda shortage. All rights reserved. These companies in my area are not producing "odd-ball" flavors in 12 packs because they do not have enough aluminum to produce every flavor that they have. For example, Coca-Cola is staving off its production of Cherry Coke Zero. Coke is the unlikely Achilles heel of the world’s aluminum producers and, if the study is to be believed, one that could force profound changes on the entire aluminum supply chain. The beverage companies were only focusing on their bigger volume products. A shortage of 12-ounce aluminum cans is prompting many soda and beer makers to cut back on the quantities of the beverages they are producing, the latest being the makers of Dr. Pepper. There's an unexpected shortage in aluminum cans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t get used to cracking open a cold can of soda. While the fruit-flavored drink isn't the brand's most popular one, consumers still noticed and took to Twitter, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The demand has caused a shortage of aluminum cans that's affected fan favorite soda brands. By Molly Harris / April 20, 2020 2:14 pm EST. "They're buying an immense amount of cans but it is not enough over the long run." or redistributed. "The result is significantly increased demand for aluminum cans and a shortage in the sense that nobody – beer, soda companies – can get enough to meet their long-term needs," Dennis Curtin told Pennsylvania Real-Time News. Even employees didn’t initially know what was going on. The sale of canned sodas rose by 30 percent in March and April, KHOU 11 reports. “Like many companies, we are seeing greater demand for products consumed at home, and we are taking measures to adapt to the demand. I work at Kroger in East Texas. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. The aluminum conundrum has made a dent in the beer industry, too. And you’re not alone. Aluminum is at the center of a major pandemic-fueled disruption. Shoppers across the country reported seeing less soda flavors on their shelves than they previously thought. A Coke spokeswoman also sent 11Alive a statement reading, "Aluminum cans are in very tight supply with so many people buying more multi-pack products to consume at home.We are implementing contingency plans as best we can to get the products people want to store shelves. The upshot is a shortage of aluminum cans that is crimping supplies of certain drinks, industry officials said. ALL STARBUCKS STORES WILL REQUIRE CUSTOMERS TO WEAR FACE MASKS WHILE INSIDE. We appreciate your loyalty to our beverages; please know that we're working hard to keep the products you love on the shelves.”. The Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry CEO says the cause of the shortage is three-fold. During the pandemic, shoppers have turned toward canned sodas more than ever before. — Coca-Cola (@CocaCola) July 10, 2020 A Coke spokeswoman also sent 11Alive a statement reading, " Aluminum cans are in very tight supply with … In case there were not enough products you might have anxiety over running out of, you can add carbonated drinks to that list, too. There’s no shortage of aluminum, but aluminum cans, specifically. Other media reports have noted shortages of aluminum needed to make cans and artificial sweeteners for the company’s diet drinks. People are hoarding soft drinks just like they did toilet paper. So I work retail so was informed of aluminum shortage. Consumers reportedly favored canned drinks over bottled versions since they are easier to stack and store. Coca Cola is being affected, we had to change our adds being they were running out of 12 packs cola and going to bottles and also it seems they are downsizing too. America's favorite soda is the latest victim of the Trump administration's tariffs. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The giant company conceded as much in answering a question on Twitter from a consumer, who asked why she couldn’t find any Cherry Coke Zero on the shelves. Missing Pibb and Cherry Coke-Zero? A shortage of one of the most mundane items in daily life -- the humble aluminum can -- means beer fans are likely to find that some of their favorite brews are out of stock right now. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS, When a fan took to Twitter to question why they were having trouble finding Cherry Coke Zero, the company responded by explaining, “We are seeing greater demand for products consumed at home & taking measures to adapt, working to mitigate the challenge during this unprecedented time. Coke Life, Mello Yellow, Sprite Zero, Fresca, as well as Pepsi products, seem to be missing from people’s stories. 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